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Tutorial: Study and Improvement by eychanchan Tutorial: Study and Improvement by eychanchan
There comes a time where every artist sees something someone else has created and is either extremely inspired or extremely let down. I found myself conflicted though when I told myself "I'm good enough" but at the same time, kept looking at other people's work and asking, "Why can't I do that?" Well, maybe it was because I basically kept drawing the same thing over and over.

I don't usually do tutorials (Though this isn't exactly a "drawing" tutorial, haha), but I see this problem so much with other artists, including myself, who want to improve. If you enjoying drawing in a certain style, that's completely okay, too! But if you constantly find your work inadequate and want to improve and be able to draw other things, you will need to learn.

You're going to see a LOT of tutorials out there: How to draw hands, how to draw hair, how to draw clothing folds, how to draw butts, etc. They are all great--if you already know the basics of drawing. Otherwise, all this information can be very overwhelming. Save them for later, take them into consideration, but avoid overloading yourself with too much information.* Set your priority to focus on one or two primary things at a time, for a set amount of time (1 week? 1 month? Depends on what you're trying to learn and your learning pace)

Disclaimer:
I'm very sorry if this tutorial comes off as "learn to draw realistically" but the idea behind it was that I, specifically and personally, wanted to learn a more realistic way of drawing. For someone else, it could be learning to draw animals or cartoons. But the idea would be the same where if you want to learn it, you'd need to actually look at and learn from references (thus the "drawing what you see"). For example, once you learn anatomy and how it works, your existing work evolves around these newly learned ideas. Artists who are aspiring to make the push to improve will find that there are so many ways to go about doing it.

There is no wrong way to draw or study art. There are tons of tutorials out there and this is just another one that someone may or may not find useful, or relatable.

:star: References and Additional Tutorials:
Reddit, LearnArt (www.reddit.com/r/learnart/)
PoseManiacs Anatomy Reference: (www.posemaniacs.com/)
Anatomy References and Stock: SenshiStock
Advanced & Specific References: STUDIOBLINKTWICE

:star: Artists who have helped me and provided advice:
:iconcataclysm-x: :iconadelair: :iconalejadraws:

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Given 2018-09-10
Tutorial: Study and Improvement by eychanchan ( Suggested by RAMWOC87 and Featured by Mocris )
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smartbird95 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
The other thing is that the artist has a very long and tiring process ahead of him. At the beginning it starts with an idea, which continues to accumulate to a concrete desire. Then it starts with the design, how it should look like and in which proportions everything has to stand together. This is the part where the hobby artists start to present their works as finished, even though they only dared to take the first steps. Since they have not started the next steps, so to summarize the sketches in a draft. All that I mean will understand that this step is effortlessly repetitive and always careful to follow the lines and pay close attention to everything. It is still far from the top, the coronation is yet to come. After the design has been created, the coloration and shading begins. And here in the art of hops is separated from the wheat, I personally would only come to lineart, because now the softest and professional skills help, it is a tightrope to guide the pens and brush with a light and steady hand and at the same time the intensity of the color to bring in the picture. What you see on this website looks beautiful, and you have to be aware of it, was never painted once. It has been transferred and edited countless thousands of times throughout the process!
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smartbird95 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2019  Hobbyist Artist
Idea -> Ideascatching -> Design -> Materialization -> Presentation -> Publication
This is the process, the art has a working process too.
Very idea was in our head before go to a the sketch and this is the way.

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Fishypaste Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019
I like the honesty of this tutorial. Its candidness and modesty highlights the importance of the message. This is my first time seeing a relaxed lesson like this online.
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smartbird95 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2018  Hobbyist Artist
BUT: It's important to know in which art style you want draw.
Because you try hard draw like CGCookie although you have an other art style which you can better show.
The art as means of expression know different shapes and ways to show one thing in many different ways.
My art style go strong into the Consturctivism but I am not sad. It is so and I live with this knowledge.

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Fishypaste Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2019
I agree that art is a form of expression and it ultimately depends on the artist to choose the method that they choose to express themself. The greatest benefit an artist can do is study the building blocks that make up one's craft. Studying from life can benefit any artist, whether looking at light, color, or shape. Especially in design-based art--there's shape psychology and color psychology. The basics are for everyone to learn and they give the artist the toolset which can be applied to any art form. The style is born from how the tools are applied.
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ToasterStrooder Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'll certainly have to keep all of this in mind for the future. Thank you for sharing! 
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dolores5 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
Congrats on the DD! <3
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:iconeychanchan:
eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :hug:
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dolores5 Featured By Owner Sep 12, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
You're welcome!
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WeepingGrove Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Congrats on you DD....so an amazing tutorial! 
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eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D
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LindArtz Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Very nicely done!!
Congratulations on your much deserved DD!  :)
For My Personal Use DO NOT USE!!! by LindArtz
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:iconeychanchan:
eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :love: :hug:
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Championx91 Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
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eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :D :hug:
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Championx91 Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2018
You're welcome! :love:
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7Bugs Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
Lovecongratulations!Clap 
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:iconeychanchan:
eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :)
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
Congratulations on the Daily Deviation!!! :iconflyingheartsplz:Love:iconflyingheartsplz:
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eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! :D
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TheGalleryOfEve Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2018
You're very welcome!!! :tighthug:
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Tinselfire Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
A lot of this is nothing new, but that is not really criticism since they are universal points that should be hammered in; but I would dare say the second panel is if not unique, then as close as may be.
I get so tired of seeing artists, regardless of their accomplishments, devaluing their own effort and feeling miserable for it.

I would not say my work is good - I don't think anybody with any degree of self-criticism, regardless of actual skill level, would say their work is simply "good" without addendum. But I must concede that it is sufficient for most things I want to do and enjoy, and that the raw grinding spent breaking down and understanding things I do not enjoy as much has been and will remain time well spent. Anything else would just be dishonest.
At least on my part, that was a struggle to admit. It feels very good seeing others get a push in the right direction.

Well done, and thank you for sharing.
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mimose-stock Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
great tutorial and congrats on DD :hug:
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eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you! :highfive: :D
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Ellysiumn Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats on ur DD!! :happybounce: :happybounce: 
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:iconeychanchan:
eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank yah! :hug:
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dodgesteve Featured By Owner Sep 10, 2018
Nah. Just make everything stick figures and say you are paying homage to the mid-late 2000 flash games.... damn
I miss newgrounds :(
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dumpsterfiregypsy Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks for uploading this :+fav:

i have recently started shaking up my art studies a bit for the same reasons.
falling into the rut of perfectly replicating the same mistakes was getting me no where that i wanted to be so i have gotten into the habit of sketching with direction.
i have been enjoying the process of learning and improving.


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SerraBritt Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great!  I always see people say "keep practicing" but very few mention studying the style one wants to achieve.  Thanks so much!
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adelair Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
Omg, I haven't been around in my deviantart account but thought today"hmm, how's deviantart ?!" Glad I did checked!
I am so proud of you emilyyyy and Alejjj <3 I didn't know I would be one of those artists that will be part of this improvement journey of yours, I haven't done much tho XD

I apologize, i'm not updated as of the moment (i'm so cavewoman right now ahahha), but seeing these works (and the works I found when I seldom look on my feed) really wow-ed me.. you did a very great job! your studies paid off! I wish I could hug you right now! this is very motivating <3 <3 <3 keep moving forward :* 
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eychanchan Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
adelair, you were one of the first people who gave me the push and motivation to start! :hug: Also seeing your progress journey was very inspiring :) Thank you so much for your comment, it means a lot to me and I am honored!
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Marscaleb Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Now draw Stupid Fox in this new style you have been honing.
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Luminaara Featured By Owner Edited Aug 28, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
All the "studying" I ever did is just some random wannabe stuff I do like half an hour and not even daily ... Idk I guess one really needs to quit school/their job/join art school and dedicate their whole live just to art in order to become an art god.

On the other hand.... Irregular half-an-hour-studies are better than no studies at all... :D
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NovaNocturne Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018  Professional Digital Artist
I'm going through this process now myself. I just started going back to school, and even just after a week of gesture drawing, I can suddenly capture something I was lacking before.
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smilyimp Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
This is very nice :heart:
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redfoxj Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This was supremely helpful for me. Real, authentic guidance. I am stuck in this art slump and one of the things I was already doing was going back to pencil and paper. Now I see I have to use the time to study and improve in other areas, not just the one I specialize in. Thank you very much eychanchan .
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eychanchan Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug: !
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pikalax1 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
This is great!  Not for me, necessarily, but I have friends who are self-conscious about their own work who might find the points you make here helpful.
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rawellivan Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
this is awesome
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arianja Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
Thank you :heart:
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ForsakenStrange Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Student Traditional Artist
Very helpful! Thank you for posting this. 
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PoisonousTiger Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you for this. It's helpful!
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musicnotedraws Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Student
I really want to try realism , so this helped boost my motivation to work on it more. Thank you!
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worbleworb Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018
yup! drawing realism will boost your skill like nothing else. for an additional challenge, you could try setting a timer and putting down as much of the drawing as possible before the timer runs out. my mother did both of these with her students for every single lesson, and it's crazy how much it helps.
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musicnotedraws Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2018  Student
Wow! I should really try that lol. Thanks!
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worbleworb Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2018
from reference, that is :)
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musicnotedraws Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2018  Student
Well yeah lol.
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JSRees Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2018  Hobbyist Photographer
I think my thing is that I just lack the passion for it. My mind doesn't feel the need to make images. While it would be a cool thing to learn, and I certainly have the capacity to do it, I just don't think I care enough. My passion is learning just a little of everything, and putting together unique skills from the pieces I've collected.
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